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Andrew Juan Kolb

Andrew Juan Kolb died unexpectedly on Aug. 15, 2015. He was 26 years old. Andrew was born in Guatemala (Juan Alejandro Mateo) and lived there until he was two, when he came to Aberdeen to join his adoptive family. He lived the rest of his life in Aberdeen. He was baptized at the Aberdeen First Presbyterian Church, attended McDermoth Elementary School and Miller Junior High. He graduated from Aberdeen High School where his favorite class was weight lifting. Andrew was always very personable and made friends easily. It was hard not to like him. He was kind, big-hearted, generous and thoughtful. He had a great sense of humor and a terrific smile. He liked to eat (especially Mexican food, pizza, and holiday dinners), play video games, watch movies, read, play pool and ride his scooter. He also wrote poetry, sketched, took good pictures with his cell phone, and really understood computers.

Gordon Alfred Holt

Gordon Alfred Holt passed away on Aug. 7, 2015, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma. He was born on Dec. 17, 1934, to George and Leila Holt in Aberdeen, Wash. He graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1953 and the University of Puget Sound in 1958. He was a retired Kent school teacher.

Frankie Allen Thomas

Frankie Allen Thomas, age 76, a longtime resident of the Harbor, died on Aug. 14, 2015, at his home in Aberdeen. Mr. Thomas was born on March 12, 1939, in Moclips, Wash., to Frank and Matilda (Cunningham) Thomas.

Donald “BOONE” Potvin

Donald passed away at St. Joseph Hospital in Chewelah, Wash., on Aug. 16 at 10 p.m., with his family at his side. He was 58 years old. He was born in Chewelah, Wash., to his mother Darolyn Erdman and has four siblings, Steven Potvin, Jana Dee Potvin, Stacey Colton and Ricky Erdman. He worked all of his life in the Trucking Industry. He retired from Peninsula Truck Lines in 2010.

Bobbye Replogle

On Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, Bobbye Replogle, 63, from Centralia, Wash. was unexpectedly called home. This beautiful angel who was called to heaven was a beloved sister, mother and aunt and will now be a guardian angel. The family’s hearts are filled with sadness, but overflow with everlasting memories of an unforgettable woman. You will be missed, but never in a lifetime forgotten.

Oliver Emil Riekkola

Oliver Emil Riekkola went home to meet his Savior on Aug. 11, 2015, at Grays Harbor Health and Rehabilitation Center, Aberdeen. He was born in Aberdeen on June 30, 1934, the son of Emil and Hannah (Luotonen) Riekkola.

Evelyn Irene (Olson) Wilson

Evelyn Irene (Olson) Wilson passed away Aug. 11, 2015 at the Willapa Harbor Rehabilitation Center in Raymond. She was born Aug. 10, 1932, at the family home to parents Margaret (DeBord) and Fred ‘Perk’ Olson in South Bend, Wash., the same house that her father was born in.

Maaret Anita Vataja

Our dear sister, Maaret Anita Vataja, passed away in her sleep on Aug. 8, 2015 in Hayward, Calif., at the age of 62. Maaret was born Oct. 8, 1952, in Pori, Finland, to Eino and Dora (Grönlund) Vataja. In 1959, the family moved to Aberdeen and Maaret graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1971. Over the years Maaret had worked at Montgomery-Wards in Aberdeen, and Western Steel. She was very proud of her Finnish roots, having visited her birthplace a number of times, and had been a member of the United Finnish Kaleva Brothers and Sisters Lodge #9 in Aberdeen. Maaret maintained her mother’s traditions of baking braided cardamom bread (pulla) and knitting slippers (tossut). Maaret had a particular soft spot for cats.
 

Georgia I. DeBay

A memorial service and celebration of life for Georgia I. DeBay who died Feb. 12, 2015 in Salem, Ore. will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 at First Presbyterian Church, 420 North Broadway, Aberdeen. Followed by a reception.

David Archie Biggs

David Archie Biggs passed away at his home in Elma on Aug. 5, 2015. David was born Dec. 10, 1940 in Oysterville, Wash. After graduating from Ocosta High School, David attended Grays Harbor College and then served in the Air Force for seven years. He then continued his education at Central University earning a bachelor’s degree in teaching. David taught at Lake Quinault high school from 1970-1973. He then moved to Hoquiam and worked at his dad’s shake mill and in the oyster cannery. Later David went to work full time for the U.S. Postal Service, which he retired from in 2002. David enjoyed being active in his grandchildren’s lives, attending their numerous racing and sporting events. David is best known for his love of Mopars, die cast cars and racing.

Foster Owen Rodda

On the morning of July 22, 2015, Foster fell asleep in death, surrounded by his family, at University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, Wash. He died as a result of complications due to an undetected pancreatic tumor. Foster was 66 years old.

Anita Begley

Anita Begley, “grandma”, 69, was a lifetime resident of the Harbor. She passed away peacefully at her home on July 31, 2015, surrounded by her family and loved ones.

Alex Jeffery Chinnick

Alex Jeffery Chinnick, 25, an Elma area resident, died at Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia, Monday, July 27, 2015. He was born in Everett, Wash., on April 4, 1990, and came to Elma to live at the age of 8. He attended Elma schools and graduated from Elma High School in 2010.

Alfred Lenart Carlberg

Alfred Lenart Carlberg, 88, a lifetime resident of Grays Harbor died Monday July 20, 2015, at Grays Harbor Health & Rehab in Aberdeen. He was born May 15, 1927, in Aberdeen, Wash., to Swedish immigrants Sven and Jenny Carlberg, who preceded him in death.